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Help! Need DOS Mounter or FormatFive by softarch
« on: March 10, 2016, 07:50:55 AM »
Hello,

I am trying to get my Microtech PCD-47b SCSI card reader recognised by OS 9 and it's not working. I need an old utility program from now defunct developer softarch called DOS Mounter SE.

Unfortunately it cannot be found by the wayback machine.

There used to be an older version called FormatFive by softarch which was later integrated into Dos Mounter. FormatFive might also work with the card reader so if anyone has this software it would also be a massive help. FYI: The only useful post I can find informs me that the Software used to be free but then got bundled with some shitty crapware amazing photo editing program.

Many thanks in advance!
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Re: Help! Need DOS Mounter or FormatFive by softarch
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2016, 09:47:37 AM »
Attached DOS Mounter by softarch.  ;D
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Re: Help! Need DOS Mounter or FormatFive by softarch
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2016, 07:27:46 PM »
Nice one MacTron!! ;D ;D

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Re: Help! Need DOS Mounter or FormatFive by softarch
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2016, 11:07:24 AM »
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Re: Help! Need DOS Mounter or FormatFive by softarch
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2016, 03:21:41 AM »
Attached DOS Mounter by softarch.  ;D

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Re: Help! Need DOS Mounter or FormatFive by softarch
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2016, 06:27:45 AM »
i am surprised to hear that file exchange cant read those cards. i thought dos mounter was discountinued in 1990 but as it seems the last version is from 2000.
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Re: Help! Need DOS Mounter or FormatFive by softarch
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2016, 07:17:31 AM »
DOS Mounter was bundled by Microtech with the SCSI card reader. The OS recognises the HW in System Profiler but is unable to mount the media without it.
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Re: Help! Need DOS Mounter or FormatFive by softarch
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2018, 03:40:07 PM »
I'm trying to mount a SCSI drive in my Kurzweil K2000 with my Beige G3.  I can send samples to/from the K2000 using Alchemy but I cannot mount the drive using OS9 and DOS Mounter.  The Kurzweil manual recommends using FormatFive. 

Anyone got a copy of FormatFive?

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Re: Help! Need DOS Mounter or FormatFive by softarch
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2018, 05:44:24 PM »
in case you refer to that Microtec card reader mentioned in the topic's title:
Kodak used these drives in 'picture stations' in local shops to make prints from customers' flash cards. When they stopped using SCSI, tons of these drives appeared very cheap on eBay and such. They look identical to the regular unit, but are software locked as read-only.
Such a (formerly Kodak) drive must be flashed with a write-enabled firmware.
Otherwise it won't mount because the desktop file can't be written.
The firmware should still be downloadable. Iirc I have the PC version somewhere.

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Re: Help! Need DOS Mounter or FormatFive by softarch
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2018, 10:42:58 AM »
http://web.archive.org/web/19961226184832/http://www.softarch.com:80/
http://web.archive.org/web/19970111203322/http://www.softarch.com:80/products.services/products.services.index.html
http://web.archive.org/web/19970111203943/http://www.softarch.com:80/products.services/spec.sheets/dm95.ss.html
http://web.archive.org/web/19970111204004/http://www.softarch.com:80/support/mac/dm95_faq.html
http://web.archive.org/web/19970111204015/http://www.softarch.com:80/products.services/spec.sheets/FormatterFive.ss.html
http://web.archive.org/web/19970111204024/http://www.softarch.com:80/support/mac/f5_faq.html


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Tools for the Mac

The Mac OS comes with a built-in tool for helping you handle Windows PC media and files: PC Exchange. But in System 7.X and Mac OS 8.0, PC Exchange supports only the DOS-style file names, not the long file names you might encounter when working with users of Windows 95 or Windows NT 4. The new PC Exchange 2.2 in Mac OS 8.1 now handles Windows' long file names. However, Macworld still recommends a more powerful solution: Software Architects' (www.softarch.com) $100 DOS Mounter 95 1.1.

In addition to mounting PC media and handling long file names, DOS Mounter 95 lets you choose how Mac files are saved to PC media: DOS-style (perfect if you still work with people using Windows 3.1 or NT 3) or with long file names (if you work with people using Windows 95 or NT 4).

Unlike PC Exchange, DOS Mounter 95 also lets you format Iomega Zip cartridges and other removable media in PC format, and it gives you more control over how files are mapped from one platform to another. Mapping determines what icons your files get and thus what programs will open when you double-click on them. DOS Mounter 95 lets you set up independent file maps; so you could, for example, have files with the file extension .tif (for TIFF files) be mapped to an Adobe Photoshop TIFF file when opened on the Mac but mapped to a Corel Photo-Paint TIFF file when opened on a Windows PC.

DOS Mounter 95 includes a utility that lets you format SCSI-based removables and hard disks with Windows or Mac partitions. You can even partition a disk with one section formatted for Windows and one for the Mac OS. The application also includes the graphics-translation program GraphicConverter (covered later in this article). My only criticisms of DOSMounter 95 are its price--$100 is a lot, although the addition of GraphicConverter helps justify the cost for some users--and the fact that you can't copy its extension map to other Macs (to ensure common mapping in a workgroup).

Software Architects also offers FormatterFive 3.1, a $195 utility that incorporates DOS Mounter 95 (renamed as Mac-PC Manager) and includes enhanced drive-formatting options. FormatterFive lets you work with IDE drives and create Universal Disk Format partitions (used on DVD-ROM discs).